Although intended for college students, I think this is a stellar infographic to show your high schoolers with the aim of helping them create a solid research question to explore in their research paper.
Students are generally not thrilled when they hear those two little words of research and paper. Teachers, for their part, shudder, as well. There's the stress of teaching kids something they have to learn but have zero desire to do so, in addition to worrying about that other dreaded word: plagiarism. In this article, one teacher shares her plight and offers more creative ways students can use to write the dreaded research paper.
This unit plan of seven or eight lessons walks students step-by-step through the researching and research paper writing process. Intended for sixth through eighth graders, the unit includes a number of resources, icnluding among them a wonderful research topic template.
Researching Made Easy has a target audience of high school seniors. Students are moved through the research paper writing process from picking a topic through to writing the final draft with the goal of preparing them for writing similar papers once they reach college.
Writer and educator, David Somoza appeals to his students sense of adventure to get them excited about writing a research paper. Somoza uses books by adventure and travel writer, Peter Lourie, to exhibit how the research process can be fun.
Educator Alejandro S. Bernardo provides a number of truly fun activities to engage students in the research paper writing process from learning paraphrasing to distinguishing between informal and formal language. The activities Bernardo details may be particularly useful to ELLs, and the Library Hunt activity is a great way to help all students learn how to research without the use of technology.